Driehaus wants gov’t intervention against billboards in OH-01

posted at 12:55 pm on October 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What does a Democrat do after the DCCC pulls its ad buys, essentially giving up on a re-election bid in a tough midterm cycle?  If the district is Ohio’s 1st CD and the incumbent is Steve Driehaus, the answer is to wheedle the government into shutting down dissent.  Driehaus complained to the Ohio Election Commission in an attempt to get an order to block the pro-life Susan B Anthony List from running billboards against his ObamaCare vote:

A Democratic congressman from Ohio got a boost from his state’s elections commission on Thursday in his campaign to prevent an anti-abortion group from running billboards attacking him for supporting the healthcare bill.

The decision by a three-member panel of the Ohio Elections Commission allows U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus to move forward with a complaint alleging that the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, is deliberately lying about his record when it says he supports government-funded abortion because of his March vote for healthcare reform. …

Conservative groups allege that the healthcare bill funds abortion by allowing Americans to buy into government subsidized healthcare exchanges in which abortion is covered.

Progressive groups note that the bill requires abortion funding in such plans to come from private premiums. Conservatives have dismissed such claims of segregated funding as an accounting trick.

Sounds like a good debate.  Apparently not to Driehaus, however, who would prefer an end to debate, at least that which involves actual dissent.  Instead of answering the charge or defending himself, Driehaus wants to push the government into shutting down political debate and imposing prior restraint on his critics and opponents.

Besides the obvious implications of government tests of political speech, which are onerous enough, Driehaus is being disingenuous about the argument itself.  The bar on federal funding for abortions relied on the Hyde Amendment, which has to be renewed in every annual HHS budget.  If in any year that does not get renewed, then the bill’s language creates a mandate for abortion coverage, as I explained in November of last year, and again this past March.  The first time Congress “forgets” to renew Hyde, the mandates kick in, and there isn’t much anyone can do at that point to reverse those mandates.

The Stupak amendment in the original House version of the bill solved the problem by incorporating the Hyde language into law, rather than budgetary language.  Driehaus voted for that amendment, which only got a floor vote when Nancy Pelosi realized the bill would get defeated without the language.  Instead of holding firm on the Stupak language the second time, however, Driehaus opted to vote for the final version without the language in exchange for a promise of an executive order that only holds as long as the executive keeps it in force.  It’s actually worse than the Hyde Amendment language.  Voting for the final version of ObamaCare meant voting for the instrument of federal mandates for subsidized abortion coverage.

If Driehaus wants to dispute any of that, he has plenty of opportunity to answer for his vote.  Apparently he can’t, which is why he wants Ohio to silence his critics instead.  Forget ObamaCare for the moment; no one who wants to silence dissent belongs in Congress.

Update: In PA-03, Kathy Dahlkemper hasn’t demanded government  intervention yet, but wants radio stations to pull ads from Americans United for Life on the same issue.


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Herr Goebbels smiles from his grave.

Bishop on October 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Apparently not to Driehaus, however, who would prefer an end to debate, at least that which involves actual dissent.

Wait, I thought dissent was patriotic?

rbj on October 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Doesn’t matter. He’s gone and a good conservative will get his seat back.

Bye Steve.

KeepOhioRed on October 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Translation:

Stop looking at me!!!111!!!!

portlandon on October 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

ciao buddy. Don’t worry about those signs, they’ll be gone in a month…

…and so will you.

ted c on October 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Why are Democrats afraid of their party’s position on this issue?

WashJeff on October 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Liberal bleed’n heart killjoys!!

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Progressives love freedom of speech as long as is focused on four letter words. Criticism, on the other hand, will not be tolerated, along with the truth. That’s why they hate talk radio and wish to control the Internet.

Hening on October 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

The writing is on the wall,er Billboards!!

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Dem Tom Perriello (VA5) voted for Obamacare too. but he is marching all around the district touting his Catholic background & his “pro-life” beliefs.

er, isn’t the govt paying for high risk abortions in several states–Pennsylvania among them.

they are all liars

kelley in virginia on October 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

So there are rules for Liberals,and different
rules for Democrats,and more different rules for
Team Right,interesting!!!!

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Why are Democrats afraid of their party’s position on thisevery issue?

WashJeff on October 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Sorry, couldn’t help it.

DrAllecon on October 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Damn, I wish some group would do that with Dipsh*t Donnelly here in IN-02.

Extrafishy on October 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I wish I lived in a part of the country where killing unborn children was considered a bad thing.

sigh

pedestrian on October 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Wait, I thought dissent was patriotic?

rbj on October 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

That philosophy’s a one-way street, and unfortunately, you’re heading the wrong way.

anglee99 on October 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Progressive groups note that the bill requires abortion funding in such plans to come from private premiums

I thought this week was “Money is fungible!” week.

MayBee on October 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Progressives love freedom of speech as long as is focused on four letter words. Criticism, on the other hand, will not be tolerated, along with the truth. That’s why they hate talk radio and wish to control the Internet.

Hening on October 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Hening:Omama says too much info is a distraction!!
============================================================
Obama Swipes at Media, Says ‘Information’ Onslaught Pressuring ‘Democracy’

While knowledge is power, the information age could be too much of a good thing. That’s the message some heard in President Obama’s weekend commencement speech in which he bemoaned

Speaking at Hampton University in Virginia, the president raised alarms when he said “information becomes a distraction, a diversion” that is putting “pressure on our country and on our

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/11/obama-swipes-media-questions-accuracy-content-environment/

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Hey Driehaus, anyone with even a remote interest in the socialized medicine debate over the past year knows that you voted for federal funding of abortion. You are just making it worse by trying to restrict free speech.

The Susan B Anthony List just got another donor.

Vashta.Nerada on October 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

All Dreihaus did with his temper tantrum against Susan B. Anthony List was remind me and many others to send in our donations.

As the kids say, “Total Dreihaus FAIL” ;)

Branch Rickey on October 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Oops forgot the ending word,

our democracy.”

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

SBA should challenge this fud, dare him to state on camera whether he supports federal funding of abortion. No matter how he answers or whether he agrees to say, it’s game over.

Bishop on October 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Update: In PA-03, Kathy Dahlkemper hasn’t demanded government intervention yet, but wants radio stations to pull ads from Americans United for Life on the same issue.

It would be incredibly sweet to see every one of the pro-abortion Stupak group out of congress next Januaryl.

Vashta.Nerada on October 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Okay, so where is the online party going to be, with my fellow HotAirians and the Hump-bot, on election night? I plan on staying up late at the computer and watching tv. Is Hot Air going to be doing something (and will it be better than the open threads the past two evenings??????)?

Ed? Allah?

Darksean on October 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Driehaus is from a very Catholic area in a pretty Catholic town. He’s already had the door shut on him by Dems. Indeed, Fox played a Web ad he has making a big deal of the Dems’ abandoning him. It’s funny because he looks like a hostage on tape making a plea to his loved ones to go along with the ransom demands of his captors.

Anyway, I think that last thing he wants is more attention on this abortion issue.

BuckeyeSam on October 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Typical liberal. They are all for doing something wrong, but don’t want to be held accountable for it.

Responsibility and accountability are two words that liberals despise.

BruthaMan on October 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

With every unethical move, libturds like Driehaus make it clearer and clearer just who they really are.

Fascists with records they have to hide from.

dogsoldier on October 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

They haven’t been paying attention to Alan Grayson’s polling, I take it, since he’s the main idiot who started the push to silence his opponents this election season.

Grayson tried to sue a guy who started a website called “My Congressman Is Nuts”, IIRC, and it didn’t work out too well for his polling, though the Kos Kids are continuing to throw money at him because he yells at conservatives.

teke184 on October 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM

“Baby talk, baby talk, it’s a wonder you can walk”

Man up and face up to your vote, cry baby.

ladyingray on October 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Attention Please: We have another food fight in the Headlines over COD..You are welcomed to join..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Attention Please: We have another food fight in the Headlines over COD..You are welcomed to join..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Where is that?

sicoit on October 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM

These liberals see nothing wrong with attempting to stifle dissent, another area in which they are following Obama’s lead. We will see a lot movement against free speech by the FCC after the November elections.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Grand Funk Railroad ~ I Want Freedom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2jGTqaOv6g

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Yes, this Pro Life Catholic who claims he is a fiscal conservative voted lock step with Pelosi. Then when held accountable to his votes he whines and cries foul and wants to shut down free speech. He is sleaze. Sold his vote for an executive order which meant nothing and a photo op with the President. He thought the DNC was going to secure his re election…Aaahh… I feel for him but I can’t reach.

Buckeye Babe on October 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Where is that?

sicoit on October 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Go back to the home page of Hot Air and look under the Headlines ..click on the number beside the headline and you are there..

PS.. Bring your on food; the lunch room is out!..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Thank you McCain/Feingold.

Mr. Bingley on October 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Progressive groups note that the bill requires abortion funding in such plans to come from private premiums. Conservatives have dismissed such claims of segregated funding as an accounting trick.

Isn’t this the exact opposite argument each side uses in the CoC kerfuffle?

lorien1973 on October 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Thanks….got my Cheetos ready! ;-)

sicoit on October 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

I wish I lived in a part of the country where killing unborn children was considered a bad thing.

sigh

pedestrian on October 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

ND & SD love the unborn.
You can move up here.
We’ll take you in. :)

Badger40 on October 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Tell it to the unborn, Driehaus.

Lily on October 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Isn’t Driehaus translated in German as “simpering, whimpering crybaby”?

pilamaye on October 15, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Oh goody: Dems Win Fight To Censor Pro-Life Ads.
http://www.theblaze.com

sicoit on October 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Basically, Driehaus wants a late (in his)-term abortion of any ads reminding voters of his ObamaCare® decisions.

jon1979 on October 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM

OOps, Dem not Dems

sicoit on October 15, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Um-hum:)

ohiobabe on October 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I am making sure I am not working the night before, election night, and the night after….I will be busy tasting the tears…

And I hope to be hear, but if the site is too slow…I have pudding, and popcorn, and will be drinking whiskey and eating my steak rare…

Big party…hope to see everyone here…

lovingmyUSA on October 15, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Lovingmyusa, we’ll be here with bells on…..I take my steak medium :)

cmsinaz on October 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Democrats are the muslims of the political sphere. If you can’t prevail in the light of day, shut down dissent in the dark.

Western_Civ on October 15, 2010 at 3:28 PM

The phrase, “If you lay down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas” comes to mind. I’m sure Driehaus is just another one of those nice-guy, newbie congressmen from the midwest, who got his head spun around by the DNC in The Big City.

Kind of like how Pinnochio got led astray by Lampwick the other boys on Pleasure Island.

VastRightWingConspirator on October 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Lovingmyusa, you forgot to invite me :o( I can actually show up :o)hehehe

IowaWoman on October 15, 2010 at 6:10 PM